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Lecturer in Development Studies x 2 (Fixed Term)

The Department of Politics and International Studies is seeking to appoint to two 3-year Temporary Lectureships in Development Studies from 1 October 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to join our intellectually dynamic interdisciplinary Centre of Development Studies with a global standing at Cambridge.

Development Studies in Cambridge has a long history, going back to the 1920s. In the 1960s it took the form that would be recognised as development studies in modern sense. In 2011, development studies at Cambridge scaled to another dimension, when the Centre of Development Studies (CDS) was established. The CDS offers a nine-month MPhil programme and a PhD programme, taught by five core staff members and several affiliated lecturers. The Centre offers a lively intellectual environment, with a large number of post-doctoral researchers and visiting scholars and with seminars given by prominent figures from the academia, business, governments, and international organisations. Currently it has a QS standing of number 4 in the World in the field of Development Studies.

We are looking for two scholars with excellent track records in both research and teaching on topics related to Development Studies. The post-holder will: (i) deliver teaching for the MPhil and the PhD programmes in Development Studies (ii) take on a range of necessary administrative duties; (iii) conduct original research of international standards; (iv) contribute to other MPhil programmes in the Department and beyond, where appropriate.

The Centre will consider candidates from all areas of Development Studies, but the successful candidates will possess critical perspectives and engage in interdisciplinary studies. Thematically, preferences will be given to the following areas (in no particular order of preference): (i) industry and business; (ii) macroeconomic and financial issues; (iii) work, migration, refugees, and humanitarianism; (iv) global economic history; and (v) economic geography. In terms of geographical expertise, knowledge of Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia will be given preference. Finally, the ability and the willingness to coordinate and/or teach for the 'Methods and Approaches in Development Studies' course for the first-year PhD students will be an advantage.

Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A doctorate in a relevant subject area (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent);

  • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally recognised high-level research in chosen subject area, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;

  • Evidence of ability to teach the subject effectively, and at all relevant levels;

  • Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department;

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Further information about the Department can be found at, and the Centre of Development Studies at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Queries about the post should be directed to the Director of the Centre for Development Studies, Dr Ha-Joon Chang (

Please quote reference UE14467 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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